The eRS may not be an outright performance offering, but it will focus on sporty styling and driving dynamics.
Skoda seems to be going all guns blazing about their SUV lineup. The company has already tasted quite some success with the Kodiaq and have also launched the Yeti replacement Karoq onto certain markets abroad. To further expand their SUV portfolio, Skoda Marketing Chief, Alain Favey, has now officially announced that a hot electric is on the cards and is likely to be launched by 2022.
While it won’t be an outright performance offering, the electric SUV is expected to be like a vRS version of Skoda’s future electric car. That being said, the primary focus will be more on styling and the drive experience rather than performance. This upcoming electric SUV is likely to be based on the Vision E concept that the company showcased prior to the Shanghai Motor Show last year.
The Vision E concept is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform – the base for all-electric vehicles from the group. Skoda also confirmed that this new electric SUV will sit between the Karoq and the Kodiaq in terms of size and will have a driving range of more than 450 kilometres. In terms of pricing, the electric offering is sure to demand a premium over its internal combustion siblings. In fact, Favey even went on to say that the car is likely to be priced around the £28,000 mark (₹25 lakh approx.)
As of now, Skoda only has the Octavia vRS on sale, but the company has recently taken the wraps off the Kodiaq vRS, which is expected to go on sale later this year. By the time this new eRS SUV goes on sale, the company may be a bit late to join the electric trend. Coming late to the party may be an advantage for Skoda after all, as the required infrastructure is likely to be a lot more established by then.